Bill’s N scale layout update

“Hi Al

Hope all is well for you and your family. Here in the states it continues to be day by day with everything. I’m going on month 7 of my staycation and work from home.

As it is I’ve gotten plenty of opportunity to work on the N Scale build in the evenings and on weekends. Even taking a few days off means staying at home for the most part.

I’ve added a video link showing mountain scenery I put in a short while ago. I’m working my way across the layout and have added in the stream feature and part of the big mountain. It’s coming along and I’m enjoying the scenery work.

I continue to use sculptamold as my base then DAP plaster of Paris to add on the rock and give it depth as I work the scenes.

Take care!

Bill in Virginia”

N scale coal tower

N scale shunting yard

N scale coal yard

N scale train yard

N scale workd yard

N scale water tower

N scale tunnel bridge

N scale rock face

Wow! What an update. A huge thanks to Hall of Fame member, Bill.

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming.

And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here, if you want to stop dreaming, and start doing.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

22 Responses to Bill’s N scale layout update

  1. Peter Waring says:

    Terrific layout Bill, such detailed work, which you seem to show as effortless. Shows us mere mortals How things should be done. Many thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. Butch L. says:

    Awesome layout you did!!!!!!

  3. Butch L. says:


  4. James West says:

    You have a great looking layout. The first picture looks like it was taking from a airplane flying over. very real looking.

  5. James Marek says:

    Excellent looking layout and a very nicely done video presentation!

  6. Robert Brady says:

    Outrageously Kool! Great layout.
    The Critic

  7. Very very nice, it is one of the best I have seen.

  8. Ruben Simon says:

    Speechless! Incredible work!

  9. Thomas Nichols says:

    A great layout

  10. lawrence castell says:

    Bill I am only an hour or so away from you in Madison. Give me a ping if you want. and we can compare notes.

  11. Thomas says:

    FINALLY ! Someone that runs trains ! THANK YOU !

  12. Dwight in Toronto says:

    Very impressive Bill … the progression of your build, and the high quality video, are as professional as they come. Coincidentally, I’ve got a higher-elevation ridge at one end of my N scale layout where I modelled the same early fall foliage effect … the colours are most appealing. I’m also a retired geologist, so I have an appreciation for the topographic dip and strike effects you are creating. Looking forward to the end result!

  13. bill
    Great layout,great video keep up the good work

  14. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Bill….great layout…….I love your detail scenery in the train yards…….video on the mountain scenery was great………You must have great patience to do that kind of detail in N guage….

  15. Jim AZ says:

    Nicely done. One of the best looking N scale layouts I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Ben Olson says:

    Bill, the work you did on the mountains is awesome. I’m beginning some work on mountain scenes on my HO layout, and you have inspired me! Thank you for posting!

  17. Ron Kehl says:

    Nice detail!!

  18. John says:

    Hi Bill,
    You have a great layout going there.
    Do you have a plan before you started?
    Are you doing an “As Built” plan?
    I’ve been searching the internet for over a year collecting layout plans to get an idea of what I can do in the available space I have.
    If you would like to share the plan with dimensions I would be extremely grateful.

  19. Will in NM says:

    Bill. As usual your photos, video and narrative are very well done and informative. You make it all look so easy and I’m always impressed with the amount of work you accomplish in such a short time. I really liked your anticline mountain scenery construction details and finished product. I hope when I get to that point on my layout I can do as good of a job as you have done. Thanks for sharing your work.

  20. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Great layout!!

  21. Bill in Virginia says:

    This is Bill in Virginia – thanks for the kind comments everyone.

    For Lawrence send me a message on my YouTube channel and we can connect 👍🏼

    To Dwight I’m a geologist too. Haven’t practiced in years. Golden handcuffs in another career but I stay current in the field 😄

    To John I didn’t follow any plan as such. What I did do was have a few ideas of what I wanted which included a long mainline run, engine terminal and yard with some switching and the mountain and river scene. From there I laid out the switches I had accumulated to see what worked and looked good and got me where I wanted to go. The next time I send something in I’ll do a fly o we of the layout and get some ‘aerial’ photos showing the track plan I came up with

  22. Simple Gorgeous.

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